Americans facing a diagnosis of infertility may find the cost of treatment to be prohibitive. The average cost of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle ranged from $12,000 to $17,000 per cycle. If you include the cost of medications, a single IVF cycle may set you back $25,000 or more. Additionally, multiple IVF cycles are often needed to achieve parenthood. Given these statistics, it is easy to see how couples may seek alternatives to treatment in the United States.
Why Go Abroad for IVF?
Many families go abroad for IVF treatment because of the cost savings, and Europe is a popular destination for seeking this care. One country that has gained popularity is the Czech Republic. The starting cost of an IVF cycle in the Czech Republic is $3,000, just a fraction of the price in the United States. In Spain, which is another hotspot, the starting price of an IVF cycle is around $6,000. Considering the likely need for multiple IVF cycles, it is clear to see how going abroad may make financial sense.
What Are Some Considerations When Going Abroad for IVF?
There are several main items to consider when seeking fertility treatment abroad. First, it is important to recognize that regulations differ by countries. Consider the safety and success rates of the clinics. If possible, seek out recommendations from others who have received treatment abroad.
It is also important to understand that some countries may have laws that preclude you from obtaining care. In some places, prohibitions against same sex couples still exist. Some patients are surprised to see that there are mandated age limitations set by some nations. If time is of the essence, research the waiting times for both consultation as well as actual treatment.
A final consideration is the cost of travel and related expenses. Some couples later regret going abroad because of the additional costs associated with airfare, hotel accommodations and other expenses. In some cases, the comfort of being in your own home outweighs the financial benefits of going abroad. In other cases, couples are able to obtain grants for fertility treatment in the United States.
The high cost of fertility treatment in the United States has resulted in some couples traveling abroad for care. In addition to financial considerations, couples should evaluate the regulations governing fertility treatment. Age-related limitations and same sex prohibitions are just some of the issues to consider prior to heading abroad.
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